Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

To improve the skills of decision-makers to implement sustainable consumption and production policies.
The initiative will create practical training materials (hardcopy and web-based), organize regional and national training courses, monitor results, and provide individual advice for participants. The training is directed at decision-makers in:
- Governments - in particular in developing countries and economies in transition;and
- Civil society.

The project will build upon the results of both UNEP's and Consumers International's ongoing programmes in the area of sustainable consumption and production. It will build on the regional networks of both organisations to implement national and regional training for capacity building for sustainable consumption and production.
Ongoing UNEP programmes in this area include the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, UNEP's Advertising and Communication Forum, the joint UNEP/UNESCO YouthXChange project, the UNEP SCOPE project (Sustainable Consumption Opportunities for Europe), UNEP's Environmentally and socially responsible procurement programme (ERSP) and the UNEP/CDG (Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft) initiative on Eco-design for small and medium-sized companies in developing countries.

Consumers International programme outputs on sustainable consumption include product testing, green claims and awareness raising activities.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Government of European Community - DG ENV
Government of Germany - BMU and BMZ
Government of Netherlands - VROM
Government of Sweden - Ministry Sustainable Development
Major Groups:
Consumers International (CI) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

UN System:
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) (France)

Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2005-12-01
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